The Effects Of Divorce On Children And Adolescents

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Defining the Issue Throughout this paper, the impact of divorce as it relates to delinquency among children and adolescents will be discussed at length. From the judicial perspective, divorce is the legal dissolving of a relationship, and the removal of one parent from another (Dhungana Sainju,
2016). Divorce not only effects the parents and the children, but has the ability to effect the criminal justice system as well (Dhungana Sainju, 2016). The high number of divorced families over the past decade or so has increased concern regarding the effect of divorce on children in relation to delinquency (Malete, 2007). When defining the issue of divorce as it relates to delinquency, studies have found that parental divorce is a consistent predictor of delinquency during childhood as well as adolescence (Dhungana
Sainju, 2016). Studies have also shown that children from intact families have lower rates of delinquency than children from broken homes (Dhungana Sainju, 2016). There are four crucial family factors that influence delinquency among children (Dhungana
Sainju, 2016). These family factors include; post divorce marital conflict, maternal distress, economic hardship and parent-child relationships (Dhungana Sainju, 2016). Undoubtably, the conflict between two divorced parents will increase after the divorce takes place. This increased conflict may lead to the inability of both parents to respond to the children 's emotional needs
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